The Perfect Potty Training Recipe with Huggies® Pull-Ups® #sp

If only potty training was as prescriptive as a food recipe. Take one (willing) toddler, a potty and training seat, few packs of pull ups, give it a month, and voila your baby is fully toilet trained. No mess, no accidents, no need to drink a bottle of gin to console yourself with. When I was pregnant with Freddy, and told my friends with older boys that we were expecting a boy, the most consistent remarks I received were about potty training, and how the blues are…

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Healthiest and Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Ever (Dairy and Sugar Free)

I’ve spoken many times before about sneaking goodness into my kids. At two, four and almost seven they usually need convincing to eat healthy food. As far as I’m concerned, health food doesn’t get better than avocado. If being loaded with good fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E and K wasn’t enough, they even help reduce your cholesterol levels.  Unfortunately my children are fickle beyond belief, one day they love avo as much as I do, and the next, the very idea of eating it…

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How to Write a Book

I’m very pleased to report that I have reached my target and finished draft one of my second book, a fiction novel clocking in at almost 80,000 words. Getting to this stage is a wonderful feeling, and I’m trying to enjoy it rather than thinking too much about the next bit. Everyone knows that the hard part (and some might say real work) is in the editing, editing, and more editing that needs to be done to get a book reader-worthy. No doubt I’ll also…

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Dear Autism Parent You Are Not Alone

Last October, when my family was at breaking point, I wrote a post about autism. I addressed it to the other mums out there who were going through what I was going through, but it was by no means limited to the ladies. There are plenty of dads feeling the same way too (apologies for any offence caused, it wasn’t intended).  I have never hesitated as much before pressing publish as I did with that letter, and the response was completely overwhelming. Within two days it had been read…

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Just When You Thought Amazon Couldn’t Get Any Better, Along Came Prime Now

I’m usually annoyingly organised when it comes to buying gifts in advance, and storing them away, but my super powers in that department are fading fast.   Today is my father in law’s birthday. We saw him at the weekend, but it was only after he left that I realised he’d gone empty handed.   There had been chat all week about ‘making Granddad a card’, and I was certain that I had something stashed away for him in my present cupboard, but I didn’t. I was freaking out…

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On Being One of ‘Those Mums’

I’m in danger of turning into one of ‘those mums’. Actually, who am I kidding? I already am one. I make comments that other people don’t even think, let alone say out loud. I openly talk about my failings as a parent, and fears for the future. I’m not afraid to make bold decisions if it will enhance my family’s lives. Ultimately all I want is for my children to grow up happy.   I think it’s largely because of the way I grew up. Dysfunctionally without a…

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Kate’s Story: The Party

London, Sept 2014 Alex’s birthday party It hadn’t escaped Kate’s attention that Alex had chosen one of their old haunts for his birthday bash, although it was almost unrecognisable from the days they had frequented it. Back then it was nothing more than a dingy smoke filled hole, much like everywhere else in the City. Tonight it was full of über cool pretty men with facial hair, and stick thin women with full sleeve tattoos covering their arms. East London had changed a lot in the last decade,…

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I gave up coffee and something truly incredible happened!

I’ve read a ton of testimonials all over the internet claiming that giving up coffee was a game changer. I personally know several people who have gone through the process and say the same. I myself had two failed attempts at giving up in 2014, but always came back to the same conclusion. I like it too much and need it too much given my sleep situation. I have hardly any vices these days, and it seems ludicrous to deny myself something that makes me…

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Home and Leisure, Toys, Stationery and so Much More at The Works

I like the word thrifty, and all that it implies. As a mum of three who doesn’t have a fixed income, it’s vital that I’m as thrifty as I can possibly be. I don’t visit the high street very often these days, but there is one shop that I will go back to time and again. The Works is a treasure cave of goodies at bargain prices, and I never walk out of there feeling ripped off (unlike too many other shops I won’t mention).…

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Can One Decision Really Change Your Life Forever?

It’s a bold statement to make isn’t it, saying that a small, seemingly innocuous decision changed my entire life, but deciding to take a bus in 2004 very much did. After six months of travelling, I headed back to Thailand to spend a week with one of my best friends who had come out to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She brought her new man with her, and along with a pair of honeymooners that I had met on the boat back from Malaysia we all indulged…

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